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Shelter Dogs

Shy Shelter Dog Is VERY Excited About Being Adopted

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green

Much has been written about the impact adoption can have on the life of an unloved shelter pet — but words pale in comparison to seeing that unbridl...

Zappos Wants To Buy You A Shelter Dog Or Cat For Black Friday

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 11.25.2015 | Good News is showing some sole with its new pet adoption campaign. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday,, the online footwear retailer, will ...

800 Rescue Dogs And Cats Sent To New States So They Can Find Forever Homes

The Associated Press | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.23.2015 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some 800 dogs and cats from California animal shelters have something to be thankful for this holiday season — a free ride to o...

Hugging Dogs From Viral Photo Finally Get A Happy Home Together

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 10.29.2015 | Good News

This story’s ending is so happy it will make you wag your tail. Kala and Keira, two shelter dogs who were set to die but saved after a photo of them...

Fashion Magazine Covers Revamped With Rescue Pups Are So Fetch

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 10.07.2015 | Good News

These chic pups have found their place in the spotlight, but now it's time to find them a home. Polish advertising agency Ostrosiostro recreated iconi...

Euthanasia for Lack of Space and Shelter Transparency

Kirsten Stade | Posted 10.01.2015 | DC
Kirsten Stade

Shelters should not fear being honest with their volunteers, adopters, and even their staff about the grim realities of not being there yet with respect to No Kill. An increasingly educated public will increasingly demand that they do so anyway.

Shelter Staff In Tears As Dog Heads To New Home — After Waiting 11 Years

The Dodo | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green

For 11 long years, Olive waited at the Yonkers Animal Shelter for a forever family to arrive....

But They Said He Was Good With Other Animals and Kids

Julie LeRoy | Posted 09.01.2015 | Good News
Julie LeRoy

Of course we all know a dog is more adoptable if he gets along with kids and other animals, and we don't want to withhold important information from potential adopters, but is it possible that we judge the dog based on an initial surrender evaluation?

Want To Save More Pit Bulls?

Kristen Auerbach | Posted 08.25.2016 | Good News
Kristen Auerbach

About a year ago, my shelter decided to try an experiment. We wanted to find out what would happen if we stopped labeling our dogs. It's up to us, as advocates for shelter dogs, to start explaining to people that breed labels are subjective. The way a dog looks says nothing reliable about their behavior.

No, It's Not All How They're Raised

Trish McMillan Loehr | Posted 08.24.2016 | Good News
Trish McMillan Loehr

Please, pit bull lovers, stop saying "it's all how they're raised." I know you mean well. But if you truly believe "it's all how they're raised," no stray shelter dog or abused dog would be safe to place in a home.

5 Ways to Help Pit Bull-Type Dogs

Francis Battista | Posted 08.24.2016 | Impact
Francis Battista

That pit bulls have an image problem is an understatement and that translates into a shelter adoption problem that leaves many pit bull-type dogs to languish and perish in American animal shelters. So how can you help?

Intimate Portraits Of Shelter Volunteers Reveal A Special Kind Of Love

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 08.24.2015 | HuffPost Home

Jesse Freidin has spent the past year taking photos at animal shelters. But his subjects of focus are not dogs or cats. They're the humans. Freidin'...

Beautiful Photos Of Shelter Dogs Land Them Permanent, Loving Homes

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 07.31.2015 | HuffPost Home

Every year, more than six million dogs and cats enter animal shelters as temporary housing. The ones who hang around longer than the quickly adopted ...

9 Very Good Reasons To Adopt A Mutt

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 07.31.2015 | HuffPost Home

There are no bones about it, dogs can exponentially improve the world in which we live. Pooches have the power to help you stay physically fit, de-str...

Amazing Shelter Dog Transformations -- These Pups Get a New Start

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.22.2016 | Good News
Jeryl Brunner

Little Boo was found abandoned on the side of the road soaking wet, smelly and weighing just 2.8 pounds. Because she was so matted, her back legs were stuck to her stomach and she couldn't walk. A few weeks after she was cleaned up, Boo was adopted to a loving and permanent home.

How to Leave Your Separation-Anxiety-Ridden Dog Home Alone in 43 Easy Steps

Stephanie Land | Posted 07.07.2016 | Green
 Stephanie Land

After having her with us for a couple of weeks, we discovered she, understandably, did not like being left at home alone. I empathized with this completely, knowing how stressful the first three years of her life had been before finding us.

Our Rescue Dog Was The Addition To My Family I Never Knew We Needed

Stephanie Land | Posted 06.16.2016 | Divorce
 Stephanie Land

I'd tried to talk myself out of this many times. I knew this could go very, very badly in quite a number of ways. But I saw too much of myself in this dog. I knew what she needed. We had that understanding already.

How She Does It: The Making of Sophie Gamand's Flower Power Series

This Dog's Life | Posted 06.12.2016 | Green
This Dog's Life

Hundreds upon hundreds of synthetic flower petal crowns travel with Gamand on her shelter trips to ensure she finds the right look for each dog.

These Dogs Are Shaking Paint Everywhere For All The Right Reasons

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green

Forget Beethoven. For these pups, it's perfectly all right to shake to their hearts' content. A new art campaign called Canismo has given creative ...

Libby The Pit Bull Survived Death Row And Is Becoming A Police Dog

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.11.2015 | Good News

Against all odds, this pup has persevered. Libby the pit bull is about to complete her training as a drug detection dog. She'll be working in the ...

Blind Dogs Are Getting A Second Chance Thanks To This Simple Device

The Huffington Post | Alexa Liacko | Posted 04.21.2015 | Good News

One woman’s desire to help her 12-year-old blind poodle inspired her to create a device that protects vision-impaired dogs. Now, the device is being...

Rescue Road Trip Finds Shelter Dogs Forever Homes

HooplaHa | Posted 06.08.2015 | Good News

There is an abundance of shelter dogs in the deep south. That's why Greg Mahle founded a transport service called Rescue Road Trip to relieve these unwanted dogs from their death sentence and ship them north to the arms of loving and eager canine owners.

Pilots Donate Time, Fuel To Fly Dogs Facing Euthanasia To Rescue Shelters

The Associated Press | Sue Manning | Posted 04.09.2015 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For some dogs, a chance at the good life takes off when the pilots do. Thousands of pooches facing euthanasia — some just ho...

Shelter Dogs In California Find Forever Homes Faster Thanks To DNA Tests

The Associated Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it'...

7 Reasons People Dump Their Dog

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Sarah Hodgson

When I hear someone badmouthing their dog's behavior, I wonder what they do when an appliance breaks. Usually when things breakdown, people call a repairman who identifies the problem, fixes the issue, and disappears into the night.